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Glasgow Science Festival

Glasgow is set to transform into a celebration of the city's past, present and future on the cutting edge of science and technology as the Glasgow Science Festival returns in June.

Glasgow Science Festival

About Glasgow Science Festival

The festival, now in its 18th year, brings together representatives from UK universities, voluntary organisations and government bodies to lead more than 150 activities, talks, workshops, and exhibitions centred around the theme of ‘Glasgow's Transforming’.

The theme will be explored during events across the city in venues including the Riverside, Kelvingrove and Hunterian Museums, the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, and the University of Glasgow’s Mazumdar-Shaw Advanced Research Centre.

Visitors will have the chance to learn more about the city’s involvement in health and wellbeing research, innovative tech breakthroughs, the intersections between art and science, the importance of nature and biodiversity and Glasgow’s rich scientific and industrial heritage.

Glasgow Science Festival is delighted to be supported and funded by the Scottish Government and the University of Glasgow.

The festival’s popular Science on the Sofa programme, which began in 2020 when in-person events were cancelled due to pandemic lockdowns, returns once more, offering a diverse selection of educational online videos, events and activities.

Science on the Sofa can be accessed from the festival’s website for the entire month of June, covering topics including dealing with plastic waste, tackling the threat of viruses making the jump from animals to humans, and how women are contributing to space research.

Some of the highlights of this year’s festival include:

Fun and Useful Virtual/Augmented Reality for Transport Passengers: This event at the Riverside Museum between June 14th and 16th showcases research from the University of Glasgow’s School of Computing science which uses virtual and augmented reality technology to reduce motion sickness on road trips.

Exploring Kelvin's Space Problem: The University of Glasgow’s Advanced Research Centre will host multi-media artistic exploration of Lord Kelvin's solution for filling 3D space using a single shape with minimal surface area. Visitors can visualise Kelvin’s solution through a series of paintings, texts and an interactive 3D model including work from artist Dr Gregor Harvie.

CinemaARC: A series of science-related films will be shown in an outdoor cinema at St Mungo Square, including scientific shorts showcasing the work of the University of Glasgow’s Advanced Research Centre, a family screening of Disney Pixar’s Lightyear and a chance to see Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity.

Science on the Streets: On Friday 7th June, researchers from the University of Strathclyde will lead two heritage walks through the city centre and Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis. Walkers will hear about how Glasgow scientists like James Watt and Joseph Lister helped shape the modern world.

Transforming Glasgow’s Health Escape Rooms: Researchers from the University of Glasgow’s School of Health & Wellbeing have designed a series of escape rooms at the Clarice Pears Building on the theme of improving the city’s health. On Saturday 8th June, visitors will learn data analysis, Braille reading and British Sign Language and use audio visual or creative thinking to solve health-related challenges.

Human and Animal Intelligence: On Wednesday 12th June, the Advanced Research Centre will host a Café Scientifique event hosted by Dr Kirsten Blakey of the University of Stirling to discuss the moral implications of recognising animal intelligence. What would giving up intensive farming mean for our diets and how might it help tackle climate change?

For more information on this year’s Glasgow Science Festival lineup, visit the festival website.

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